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Sam Houston State University IS MISC NDG Linux Essentials 2


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NDG Linux Essentials 2.0 Midterm Exam (Chapter 1)

1)The most popular Linux platform for mobile phones is:

    • Android
    • Slackware
    • BlackBerry
    • IOS
    • MobileLinux
  1. The release cycle:
    • Only has meaning for paid software
    • Describes how long software will be supported
    • Should be long so that you have time before you need to upgrade
    • Should be short so you always have the freshest releases
    • Dictates how often software is updated
  2. What does a distribution provide to add and remove software from

the system?

    • Package Manager
    • Application Programming Interface (API)
    • Partitioning tool
    • Compiler
    • Bash
  1. A maintenance cycle:
    • Describes how often updates for software come out
    • Should be short so you always have the freshest releases
    • Describes how long a version of software will be supported
    • Only has meaning for paid software
    • Should be long so that you have time before you need to upgrade
  2. When choosing a distribution of Linux, you should consider:

(choose five)

    • Popularity on social media
    • Does the distribution offer a “stable” version
    • Does your organization require long-term support for the system
    • If the application software is supported by the distribution
    • Will users require a GUI
    • Will commercial support be required for the OS
  1. Which of the following are examples of desktop software?

(choose two)

    • File share
    • Compiler
    • Music player
    • Web server
    • Web browser


  1. Which of the following pieces of software deal with file sharing? (choose three)
    • Netatalk
    • Samba
    • X-Windows
    • NFS
    • PostgreSQL
  2. The Linux shell:

(choose three)

    • Is responsible for tracking the location of configuration files
    • Has a scripting language
    • Has a built-in text editor
    • Is customizable
    • Allows you to launch programs
  1. Virtualization means:
    • Many users can share one hard drive
    •         A user can connect to a server over the network and use a virtual console
    • A machine can swap memory to disk
    • A single host can be split up into multiple guests
    • Two users get different memory spaces on the same machine
  2. In graphical mode, you can get to a shell by running which

applications? (choose two)

  • Gbash
  • Guiterm
  • Terminal
  • Xterm
  • console
  1. Source code refers to:
  • A human-readable version of computer software
  • The interface that software uses to talk to the kernel
  • The version of a program that the computer runs on the CPU
  • The license that dictates how you may use and share the software
  1. Open source means:

(choose two)

  • You can modify the software’s source code
  • You must share your changes
  • You must support the software you share
  • You cannot charge anything for the software


  • You can view the software’s source code
  1. A copyleft provision in a software license means:
  • You give up your copyright to the software
  • You may not link against third party closed source software
  • You must provide support for your modifications
  • You must provide free copies of the software if you use it
  •         If you redistribute the software, you must distribute the source to any changes you make
  1. Linux is distributed under which license?
  • MIT
  • GPLv2
  • GPLv3
  • Linux Foundation
  • BSD
  1. Creative Commons licenses allow you to:

(choose three)

  • Receive royalties on the use of the work
  • Allow or disallow commercial use
  • Specify whether or not people may distribute changes
  • Get a veto on where the work is used
  • Specify whether or not changes must be shared
  1. Which environment variable contains a list of directories that is

searched for commands to execute?

  • PS2
  • PATH
  • EXEC
  • PS1
  1. Select the command that can report the location of a command:
  • what
  • where
  • which
  1. A pair of double quotes (" ) will prevent the shell from

interpreting any metacharacter. True or False?

  • True
  • False
  1. The shell program interprets the commands you type into the

terminal into instructions that the Linux operating system can execute.


True or False?

  • True
  • False
  1. The acronym CLI stands for:
  • Command Line Interface
  • Computer Link Interpreter
  • Command Line Interpreter
  • Computer Line Interface
  1. The most common shell used for Linux distributions is the


  • Zsh
  • Fish
  • Tsch
  • Bash
  1. Which two pager commands are used by the man command to

control movement within the document? (choose two)

  • more
  • page
  • grep
  • less
  1. To search the man page sections for the keyword example,

which of the following command lines could you execute? (choose two)

  • man -k example
  • apropos example
  • man -f example
  • whatis example
  1. The statement that describes the difference between a man

page and an info page is:

  •         The man page is a long detailed reference; the info page is very terse.
  • There is very little difference between them.
  •         The man page is like a guide; the info page is a more concise reference.
  •         The info page is like a guide; a man page is a more concise reference.
  1. The following sections commonly appear on a man page:


(choose three)

  • NAME
  1. The top-level directory on a Linux system is represented as:
  • /
  • /home
  • C:
  • /root
  1. The tilde (~) is used to represent:
  • Nothing; it has no special meaning
  • Any two single characters
  • The directory above the current working directory
  • A user’s home directory
  1. The cd command by itself will take you to what directory?
  • The directory above the current working directory
  • None; it is not a valid command
  • Your home directory
  • The system root directory
  1. What command will allow you to change your current working


  • ls
  • list
  • chdir
  • cd
  1. The first character in a long listing (ls -l) indicates:
  • If something is a file, directory, or symbolic link
  • The size
  • The permissions
  • The owner
  1. Which of the following commands can be used to rename a


  • rm
  • cp
  • name
  • mv
  1. The touch command can be used to:

(choose two)

  • Change ownership of a file


  • Create new files
  • Change a file’s name
  • Update the timestamp of existing files
  1. Which of the following are glob characters?

(choose three)

  • The question mark “?”
  • The dash character “-“
  • The square brackets “[” and “]”
  • The asterisk “*”
  1. The main purpose of using glob characters is to be able to

provide a list of filenames to a command. True or False?

  • True
  • False
  1. The asterisk character is used to represent zero or more of any

character in a filename. True or False?

  • True
  • False
  1. Compression of a file works by:
  • Removing the high order bit from each byte
  • Eliminating gaps within the file
  •         Storing most of the data on removable media and just leaving a pointer
  • Removing redundant information
  • Consolidating multiple files into one
  1. Lossy compression:

(choose three)

  • Usually results better compression than lossless
  • Is often used with images
  • Sacrifices some quality
  • Is often used with documents
  • Decompresses to an identical version as the original
  1. Which of the following commands can be used to compress a


(choose three)

  • zip
  • bzip2
  • gzip


  • bunzip2
  • cat
  1. The three main modes of tar are:

(choose three)

  • Copy
  • List
  • Compress
  • Extract
  • Create
  1. In the command tar -czf foo.tar.gz bar, what is the purpose

of the f flag?

  • Tells tar to write to the file that follows the flag
  • Tells tar to print the name of each file as it is processed
  • Tells tar to read from the file that follows the flag
  • Specifies extra compression is to be used
  • Tells tar to copy only files, and not directories

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